Thank you to Margaret Simon for creating this space where educators can share how they are authentically using technology in their classrooms. Please visit Margaret's blog, Reflections on the Teche, to read other teachers' posts.
This summer, I participated in the Connected Learners MOOC, also known as #clmooc. I spent 6 weeks making different things based on themes that were created by different writing projects. As would be expected, I learned a lot as a digital writer...new tools, reflection on crafting moves, and I got connected to new people. It was a powerful experience.
During the summer, I got a message from my friend Cathy Mere, wondering what this #clmooc was all about. We chatted about it, I shared my excitement for the possibilities and a new plan was hatched. We have a way of nudging each other into new projects.
We wanted a space for teachers to create, collaborate, connect and learn from each other. One of the most powerful aspects of the summer #clmooc was the support provided by the other community members. Everyone came with an open mind, expertise in different areas, and a willingness to grow.
We designed the Digital Maker Playground, using the structure of the #clmooc from this summer. We're offering it to staff members in our district as well as anyone else who wants to participate virtually. We are really excited about the possibilities. Anyone who lives nearby can join us every other week for face to face workshop time (see dates and times on the S'more flyer). It doesn't matter if you can't join us physically. You'll be able to see each theme there on our Google+ Community as well as share your makes. The beauty of the Google+ Community is that we can have continued conversations around our work.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Cathy or me through our blogs or Twitter. See the S'more flyer for details. We hope you'll join us for lots of fun and learning.
See Cathy's blog for more information.